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Monaco, 22.09.2008

During a short trip in the northern Italian city Loano I visited the hotspot of the rich and famous people – Monaco. The glamorous city-state acts much more impressive locally than the media can transmit.
The water quality in ports is -well known- not always the best. In Monaco, the clarity doesn´t need to fear any comparison with other European bays – you can see to the very bottom through the deep blue water!
It´s also worth to visit the terrace of the famous Café de Paris. But don´t be afraid of the price of 8,- € for a cup of coffee…

DO´s

  • Experience the changing of the guards at the Palace – spectacular!
  • Walk along the beautiful harbor – impressive!
  • Visit the famous hairpin formula-1 corner – unimaginable!
  • Gamble in the Casino de Monte Carlo – unforgettable!
  • Let yourself getting impressed by the wealth of some people – without words!

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Through the south of france, the bus took me to Monaco.
The view and the weather couldn´t have been better.

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The cathedral Notre-Dame-Immaculèe acts very impressive and is located in the heart of the
city.

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This cathedral is also used as a crypt of the Grimaldi family. Next to the grave of Rainier III his wife Grace is buried.

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Every day at 11.55, the guards are changing in front of the palace.
If you once visit Monco, you just have to take part at this ceremony! To get a good position, it´s recommended to be there one hour before it startes.Sunplus

You have to stroll through the famous harbor, of course. The entire harbor area is very beautiful, well-maintained bigger than you might expect. So take your time and enjoy the most beautiful harbor I´ve ever seen.

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To enjoy the pure Monaco atmosphere“, you just have to order a cup coffee on the terrace of the
Café de Paris. The price? 8, Euro! However, it´s not cheap, but the atmosphere is unique and you luxury cars are passing by, you´re usually just able to see in magazines.

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Fortunately I was allowed to gamble in the Casino Monte-Carlo already in the afternoon and without any dresscode. Although I had to pay an entrence-fee of 10 euro, it was an experience I won´t ever forget. The entire casino area is designed with a luxury red carpet and countless magnificent chandeliers are illuminating the various areas. Unfortunately it wasn´t allowed to take photos indoors

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Right next to the Casino, you can find the best (and most expensive) hotel in Monaco  the
Hotel de Paris.
Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Bentley or Aston Martin it´s nothing special there.
You want to stay there for one night? No problem – 12.000 per night!

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Taking a last photo of the small but very beautiful harbor Port de Fontevieille

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… and then it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful Cote d`Azur.

To put the flair of Monaco into words and transmitting it´s atmosphere isn´t easy.
After the first minutes, you won´t notice the expensive cars and the luxury boutiques of well-known designers anymore. It´s just normal there! My personal Monaco-highlight is definitely the world-famous and truly majestic harbor. The glistening azure sea in the sun just beautiful!
You just have to experience everything in Monaco on your own. At least once a lifetime!

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